Randie Feil
Mezzotints and Paintings

Silk Moth (Psyche's Muse)

This is based on a Ceanothus silk moth I found sunning itself one chilly summer morning. About 4 inches (10 cm) across, it was the largest moth I'd ever seen in the wild. The image includes references to one of its food plants, the arbutus tree, and the title refers to the moth as symbol of Psyche, in turn a link between night, the subconscious, and the dark richness of the mezzotint technique.

Silk Moth (Psyche's Muse)

Image size: 3 by 4 inches/7.5 by 10 cm, created with an 85-gauge rocker on copper plate, printed on Somerset Satin using a blend of Charbonnel inks. Editions: one of 30, and one variable edition of 3. 2009.